Known for impeccable craftsmanship, Tarun Tahiliani has made his mark in the Indian fashion scene as a designer for the modern bride. His skills of amalgamating the Indian crafts and European silhouettes are truly brilliant.
Tarun Tahiliani co-founded India’s first multi-designer boutique in 1987 called Ensemble, and just in 1990, he started Tahiliani Design Studio. His focus on details of the crafts and blending it with unique, edgy designs is what keeps his creations relevant. From couture and occasion wear to ready-to-wear, his designs are known for their exquisite details. Though from Delhi, now he is famous for his aesthetics nationally with stores in Mumbai and Delhi.
|2017||Chashme Shahi At Lakmé Fashion Week Spring Summer 2017||Padma Lakshmi|
|2017||Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017 Grand Finale With Amit Aggarwal||None|
|2017||Crystals from Swarovski presents ‘Tarakanna’ – The Bridal Couture Collection 2017-18 At India Couture Week||None|
26th July: ‘When one looks into the night sky in the wild, there reveals itself a layered universe, of twinkling celestial bodies, in suspended animation. Couture around the world, known as much for feathery lightness as well as the gravity-defying construction–this is where our new couture began, as we thought deeply of lightness so that Indian brides can enjoy their wedding and dance in their clothes.’ With a beautifully worded description like this one, it was love at first sight when we saw Tarun Tahiliani’s couture collection, Tarakanna, at India Couture Week 2017.
For this bridal couture and occasion wear 2017 collection, Tarun Tahiliani captured the sparkle and shine of the stardust through the use of crystals from Swarovski. To enhance the celestial vibe elements like vintage embroideries, the finest Italian tulle, rich brocade, silk georgettes, shadow work, light resham, 3D flowers, thread-work, French knots and Chantilly lace came together.
Statement lehengas, shararas, saris, sari drapes, panelled kurtas and coats; all these bridal couture garments made a stunning statement. But the best part is, he knows that a bride needs to have fun, so, instead of getting drowned in the heavy work, he made these garments as light as possible.
The ready-to-wear bridal collection had lehengas, sarees, anarkalis, capes and gilets with surface ornamentation techniques like Parsi Gara, zardozi embroideries, fringing, knit tassels and velvet detailing. The rich colours of old rose, maroons, golds, olive, midnight blue, black and ivory played a part to create a mesmerising collection. Even the menswear was minimalistic yet regal with bundis, kurtas, dhotis and sherwanis embroidered with gota, zardozi, parsi gara and resham threads.
With such an elaborate display on the runway, we were mesmerised, to say the least. Tarun Tahiliani’s Tarakanna At India Couture Week was definitely a spellbinding collection.
18th March: What do you get when the inspiration for a collection is an amalgamation of the nomadic beauty of Indian tribes and motifs from Mughal armoury-inspired art? It gives us an exquisite showcase by Tarun Tahiliani at the grand finale of Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017, alongside Amit Aggarwal.
He put the show in perspective for us by saying, “It is a pleasure and exciting to be showing at the Amazon India Fashion Week Finale. A culmination of a week of ideas of where Indian fashion will head, the definition of new trends, and what are the ‘Fresh New Looks’ – which is the recurrent theme and slogan for the show. This is also a fusion of ideas as I show alongside one of my old protégés who has morphed into his own master with mastery over his own particular techniques and sculptural fashion.”
With the stage set for performance, for this ready-to-wear line, Tarun Tahiliani showcased the uniqueness of traditional workmanship on the base of contemporary silhouettes. The delicacy of an array of crafts like Ajrakh, Kasuti and Chikankari was presented in a modern form. He did this by representing each of these arts via capsule collections like the Polka range, the Kasuti collection, the Chikankari collection, the Mondrian Damask range, the Constructed Drapes collection, the Golden Weave range and the Hussar range.
The techniques like laser etching, zardozi, resham thread embroidery, digital printing, aari work, fringing and velvet accents made its way on the luxe fabrics like silk, chanderi, satin, georgette, khadi, and velvet. Even the rich jewel tones colour palette of capri emerald, midnight lapiz, rich claret, indigo, spicy reds, aubergine and aged rust played alongside the regal neutrals like black, cream and beige.
The show mostly focused on the modern concept of separates. The variety of silhouettes that were available was just amazing. There were draped dresses, tunics, jumpsuits, statement saris, capes, kurtas, gilets, lehengas, kalidar kurtas and everything in between. The main feature of these outfits was that they could be teamed individually with any of our wardrobe basics. How cool is that?
Tarun Tahiliani’s collection was a compilation of ensembles that are relevant to the contemporary, edgy bride. His grand finale of Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017 with Amit Aggarwal truly showcased the modern direction of Indian fashion.
4th February: Through his Spring Summer 2017 collection, Chashme Shahi, Tarun Tahiliani took us on a fabulous journey that reimagined the fantastical Mughal era at Lakmé Fashion Week. The romance and elegance of the time were portrayed on the runway through ensembles inspired by the Mughal gardens and architecture.
Tarun spoke about the collection as poetically and beautifully as he presented it on stage. “Chashme Shahi, is a spring of freshness and lightness, of pared-down finesse, restraint and elegant draping, spring flowers and delicate Chikankari. As dressing in the day becomes more casual, the collections move more towards the evening – changes in lifestyle heralds a change in fashion”, that’s how he described the collection.
Exploring the essence of Mughal summer, the colours he chose were whites, creams, beige, jade and black, with a dash of red in between. The two elements of the Mughal garden—the flowers and the architecture—resonated beautifully through the prints and embellishment. Zardozi and gara embroidery, graphic prints, geometric patterns, hand painted and raised floral embellishments, all played their part in making of this exquisite collection.
But what really got our attention was the array of silhouettes (modern and traditional) that were stunning. The lehengas with different kalis, the peplum shirts with embellished belts, the beautifully draped evening gowns and ornate saris; everything from the lineup exuded richness. For sure, a modern bride would love the options showcased on the ramp.
American TV actress, Padma Lakshmi opened and closed this spectacular collection. She kicked off the show in an ivory lehenga choli with dupatta draped as a sari pallu and a sheer cape layer over it. She concluded the show in a contemporary ensemble of a peach shirt teamed with a dual-tone lehenga.
With this collection, Tarun Tahiliani blended the aesthetics of the Mughal era with the charm and elegance of the modern bride. The richness and regality of the time were defined by not only the work but also the silhouettes.